Artists' materials & collections research
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Cleaning of Acrylic Painted Surfaces
Description of the 2013 CAPS workshop at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia.
Conservation of Photographic Materials
Session Outline: Photo ID: Cased Photographs
Conservation of Photographic Materials
Fundamentals of the Conservation of Photographs: Course Calendar, Module 1
A Safe Place: Storage Strategies for Plastics (Article)
A look at how to store art works made of plastics for preservation.
Recent Advances in Characterizing Asian Lacquer
A series of workshops to disseminate new procedures for acquiring detailed compositional information about lacquered objects.
Assessment of the Susceptibility to Biodeterioration of ...
The present study represents large-scale attempt to screen preservative coatings for microbial susceptibility prior to their application on objects.
Modern Paints Uncovered
Papers and posters from the Modern Paints Uncovered symposium at Tate Modern in 2006.
Key Resources
List of policy documents, online resources, books, journals, and proceedings related to heritage inventories. From Vol.28.2, Fall 2013.
Conference: Mortality Immortality? The Legacy of 20th ...
A summary of a conference sponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute devoted to issues regarding the preservation of contemporary art.
Conservation of Photographic Materials
Technical Notes: What is a Photograph?
Conservation of Photographic Materials
Session Outline: Survey Work and Process Identification
A Note from the Director (Article)
Foreword from Director Tim Whalen on this issue focused on photograph conservation. From Vol. 28.1, Spring 2013.
The Material of Many Possibilities (Discussion)
Conservation experts discuss ways of conserving works made of plastics.
Pollutants in the Museum Environment (1985–1998)
A summary of a Getty Conservation Institute project that examined the risks posed to museum collections by atmospheric pollutants.
MEPPI Abu Dhabi
Update on the Middle East Photograph Preservation Initiative course. From Vol. 28.1, Spring 2013.
Conservation of Photographic Materials
Session Outline: Gum Print Process Recreation
Collections Research Laboratory
Overview of the GCI’s work in collections research in the areas of antiquities, manuscripts, sculptures and decorative arts, and paintings.
Preserving Plastics: An Evolving Material a Maturing ...
A look at current research into how art works made of plastics are being conserved.
"Conservation of Public Art" issue. Fall 2012 (PDF Edition)
Entire newsletter, including articles, roundtable discussion, list of key resources, and news items. Vol. 27.2.
Facing Disaster: The Importance of Heritage Inventories in ...
Article discussing importance of heritage inventories in emergency preparation and response. From Volume 28.2, Fall 2013
Gels Cleaning Research (1998–2003)
Overview and details of a Getty Conservation Institute project on the use of solvent-based gels as cleaning systems for surfaces.
Newsletter 8.1 Winter 1993
Newsletter article examining conservation challenges associated with painted archaeological and ethnographic objects.
Mural Paints: Current and Future Formulations
Mark Golden of Golden Artists Colors discusses modern acrylic paints.
Conservation and Care of Sculptural Monuments (Article)
Examines conservation issues related to these outdoor works. From Vol. 27.2, Fall 2012.
Animation Cels: Preserving a Portion of Cinematic History ...
GCI and Disney's Animation Research Library are collaborating on preservation of plastic animation cels.
Collaborative Research (Article)
Working with the alternative photographic process community. From Vol. 27.1, Spring 2012
Lessons Learned
Proceedings from the 9th triennial meeting of the International Committee for Conservation of Mosaics in 2005.
UCLA/Getty Program in Archaeological and Ethnographic ...
Information on the master's degree program in Archaeological and Ethnographic Conservation offered by UCLA and the J. Paul Getty Trust
Conserving Modern Materials
Teaching resources for conserving modern paint materials developed for the Cleaning of Acrylic Painted surfaces workshops.
MEPPI: Preserving the Photographic Heritage of the Middle ...
A strategic approach to photo preservation and awareness in the Middle East. From Vol. 27.1, Spring 2012
Personal Viewpoints: Thoughts about Paintings Conservation
Features papers from a Getty Museum conference exploring the nature of paintings conservation.
Nitrogen Anoxia Research (1987–1999)
Overview and details of a past GCI project that focused on researching nitrogen environments to prevent museum objects from deterioration.
Conservation of Photographic Materials
Session Outline: Deteriorations of Photographs
Conservation of Photographic Materials
Session Outline: Process ID: Color Processes with Lab
Lecture: Ethical Dilemmas in the Conservation of Modern and ...
Details and video of a live panel discussion presented by the Getty Conservation Institute in April 2009.
Conservation of Photographic Materials
Session Outline: Participant Presentations: Dissemination Activities
Artists' Materials & Processes: Larry Bell (News Item)
Materials and fabrication processes of Larry Bell researched and documented. From Vol. 27.1, Spring 2012.
Infared Spectroscopy in Conservation Science
Discusses IR spectroscopy for analysis of museum objects, disseminating sample handling and spectral acquisition techniques applicable to their analysis.
Conservation of Photographic Materials
Session Outline: Film Development
Binding Media (1989–1999)
Overview and details of a past Getty Conservation Institute project that focused on developing methodologies to identify binding media in paint.
Newsletter 25.1 Spring 2010
Newsletter article on important resources in collections research.
Conservation of Photographic Materials
Session Outline: Condition Reports: Practical Work with a Study Collection
Conference: Ancient and Historic Metals: Conservation and ...
Summary of a symposium that addressed the technology, history, structure, and corrosion of ancient and historic metalwork.
Brasilia: Preservation of a Modernist City (article)
Addresses preservation issues of this capitol city of Brazil. From Vol. 28.1, Spring 2013.
MEPPI Workshop in Amman (News Item)
Third and final workshop in this series began in January 2014.
Key Resources
Digital and print resources on the subject of conservation of plastics.
Characterization of European and Asian Lacquers
Details of a Getty Conservation Institute project to develop an analytical method to identify organic materials in Asian and European lacquers.
Newsletter 25.1 Spring 2010
Newsletter feature article on collections research.
Cleaning of Paintings (1987–1989)
A summary of training courses that emphasized the use of new methods and materials for the cleaning of paintings sponsored by the GCI.
Solvent Gels for the Cleaning of Works of Art
Examines gels cleaning treatment of paintings and painted works of art.
Conservation of Photographic Materials
Session Outline: Introduction to Negatives and Negatives
Newsletter 15.3 Fall 2000
Newsletter dialogue with conservators from the J. Paul Getty Museum about the surface cleaning of objects in museum collections.
Newsletter 20.1 Spring 2005
Newsletter article examining collaboration in the preservation of ethnographic and archaeological objects.
Structural Conservation of Panel Paintings Proceedings (1998 ...
Proceedings of a Symposium at the J. Paul Getty Museum, April 1995. Available in four separate sections as downloadable PDF files.
Newsletter 22.2 Spring 2007
Newsletter roundtable discussion on the conservation of outdoor sculpture.
Technology: No Place for Wimps (Discussion)
Experts' roundtable discussion of photography in the digital age. From Vol. 27.1, Spring 2012.
Fortieth International Symposium on Archaeometry
Registration information for this 2014 international symposium. From Vol. 28.1, Spring 2013.
From Russian to Laos: Building Global Partnerships (Feature ...
Creating global partnerships to preserve photographic heritage. From Vol. 27.1, Spring 2012
Conservation of Photographic Materials
Session Outline: History of Photograph Conservation
The Craftsman Revealed: Adriaen de Vries, Sculptor in ...
Results of the technical study of 25 bronzes by Adriaen de Vries.
Newsletter 25.1 Spring 2010
Newsletter roundtable discussion about collections research.
Key Resources
List of key books, journals, and online resources on conservation of modern architecture. From Vol. 28.1, Spring 2013.
First Lacquers Workshop Held
Describes a spring 2013 workshop for scientists and conservators on lacquered objects. From Vol. 28.1, Spring 2013.
Color Science in the Examination of Museum Objects ...
Overview of theoretical concepts as well as hands-on guidance on application of color science
Newsletter 24.1 Spring 2009
Newsletter article on training in the structural conservation of panel pantings.
Conference: National Summit on Emergency Response
A summary of a conference that focused on the development of a national emergency infrastructure to safeguard cultural heritage.
Poultice Desalination of Porous Building Materials 2010
Details of a workshop on poultice desalination of building materials in New Orleans, May 2010.
Insect Control with the Fumigant Vikane (1986–1990)
Overview and details of a past GCI project to investigate potential adverse effects of Vikane on museum artifacts and historic structures.
Lecture: Modern Art in Los Angeles: An Evening with De Wain ...
This conversation with the artist looks at the production, conservation & display challenges around Valentine's work. Includes video.
Changing Views of Textile Conservation
Eighty-one readings in the practice of textile conservation.
Asian Organic Colorants (2006–2010)
Overview and details of a GCI project to develop a strategy for the analysis of Chinese colorants used as textile dyes and organic pigments.
Athenian Pottery Project
Scientific research to understand, the materials and techniques employed to create the iconic red and black figure pottery of ancient Athens.
Conservation of Photographic Materials
Session Outline: Guidelines, Reproduction, Digitization Issues
Conservation of Photographic Materials
Course Calendar, Module 2
Art in LA
Information on this project, which is part of Modern and Contemporary Art Research Initiative. From Vol. 28.1, Spring 2013.
Conservation of Photographic Materials
Session Outline: Treatments: Surface Cleaning, Adhesives Removal, Fills & In painting, Hands-on Practicum
"Heritage Inventories" issue. Fall 2013 (PDF Edition)
Entire newsletter, including articles, roundtable discussion, list of key resources, and news items. Vol. 28 no.2
Permanence and Application of Conservation Materials (1983 ...
Overview and details of a past GCI program of research into the permanence and application of conservation materials.
Conservation of Photographic Materials
Presentation: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
Panel Paintings Initiative
Overview and details of a GCI project on educational resources and training opportunities in the structural treatment of panel paintings.
Tunisian Mosaics: Treasures from Roman Africa
A richly illustrated introduction to the Roman-era mosaics of Tunisia.
Conservation of Photographic Materials
Session Outline: Microscopic Investigation of Photographs
Conservation of Photographic Materials
Session Outline: Introduction to Course and Course Website
Conservation of Photographic Materials (1987–1994)
A summary of training courses on the conservation and preventive care of photographic materials sponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute.
Conference: Conservation of Cultural Property within the ...
Summary of a seminar about the importance of preserving historic city centers and ensembles of cultural property.
Workshop: Characterizing Asian Lacquers (News Item)
October 2012 workshop explores advances in analysis of organic materials in Asian lacquers. From Vol. 27.1, Spring 2012.
Newsletter 25.1 Spring 2010
Newsletter article on analysis of glass from Nuzi, Mesopotamia.
Conference: Modern Paints Uncovered Symposium
Summary of the 2006 Modern Paints Uncovered symposium, co-organized by the Getty Conservation Institute, Tate, and the National Gallery of Art.
Modernity, Temporality, and Materiality: A Discussion on ...
Experts discuss the conservation of modern architecture. From Vol. 28.1, Spring 2013.
Copper and Bronze in Art
A review of the literature on copper and its alloys.
POPART Comes to GCI (News Item)
GCI hosts POPART and presents work at March 2012 conference. From Vol. 27.1, Spring 2012.
Color Science in the Examination of Museum Objects
Overview of theoretical concepts as well as hands-on guidance on application of color science.
The Atlas of Analytical Signatures of Photographic Processes
Contains interpretive data to aid conservators and curators in identifying photographs with similar analytical signatures.
Issues in the Conservation of Paintings
More than 70 texts on paintings conservation, many appearing in English for the first time.
Newsletter 19.3 Fall 2004 (Conservation at the Getty)
Newsletter article examining cooperative scientific projects at the Getty Conservation Institute.
Conference: Historical Painting Techniques, Materials, and ...
A summary of a conference that brought together specialists working in the fields of historical painting techniques.
Archaeometry of Pre-Columbian Sites and Artifacts
Proceedings of a 1992 symposium on the application of scientific techniques of investigation and analysis of pre-Columbian sites and artifacts.
Infrared Spectroscopy in Conservation Science
Discusses IR spectroscopy for analysis of museum objects, disseminating sample handling and spectral acquisition techniques applicable to their analysis.
Newsletter 18.3 Fall 2003
Newsletter article on the UCLA/Getty Master's program in archaeological and ethnographic conservation.
Art in LA
A study of materials and fabrication processes by L.A.-based artists and implications these have for conservation.


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